Q: Can I get in trouble legally for not allowing unsupervised visits for my children. No court ordered custody at this time
I recently split from my fiancé due to domestic violence and violence against our children. I allow supervised visits with a trusted family member. I also allow him to call them on the phone. He however will be moving into an apartment with his new girlfriend and wants overnight visits. Can I get in trouble for not allowing them to stay overnight but still allowing him to see them during the day?
A: You need to look into filing a paternity action as soon as possible if you don't already have a custody order in place. If there is one, then you need to be filing to modify it. If you have legitimate concerns about the kids' safety, you need to file for an order of protection. Consult an attorney as soon as possible. Look into shelters for resources on assistance with the aftermath of domestic violence and therapy for yourself and the children. They also have staff attorneys who assist women in your situation. Otherwise, find someone who practices family law in Jackson County.
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